Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Joab's Fire, by Lynn Squire (a book review)

This short novel carries a punch that delivers a shattering realization into your heart and mind that man suffers and God's people scarcely understand the suffering of the individual. 

Joab's Fire is set in the very early 1900's in Alberta, Canada.  Sergeant Dixon of the North West Mounted Police respects the main character, Joab Black and his wife Sarah Black, for their upright living, generosity, and faith.  They are a prosperous family until disaster delivers rapid fire death and destruction at their doorstep.

Others in the community of faith, seek to "comfort" and "console" Joab and Sarah in their troubles.  But like the comforters of Job in the Bible, they prattle on about Joab's probable sin and unrighteousness being the cause of his calamities and his just recompense for hidden sins.

Sergeant Dixon is concerned about a visitor to the community that seems to wile his way into the minds, hearts, and lives of the residents of this isolated Canadian community.  The visitor says, ".... my scientific observation has consistently revealed that anyone blessed by God with plenty will inevitably turn against God, should it all be taken away." (p. 48)

But too many details will spoil the story for you.  The parallel of Joab's Fire with the Biblical book of Job is interesting, and a good Bible study can evolve using the guidelines author Lynn Squire has provided.

More about author Lyn Squire at or

This book was provided free of charge to me for review.  All comments are my own and I was not paid to review the book.

Publisher: HigherLife Publishing; Unabridged edition (September 15, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1935245511  -   ISBN-13: 978-1935245513

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